Suspended Schenectady High School Student Entered School With BB Gun, Arrested – The Daily Gazette

SCHENECTADY — A suspended Schenectady High School student was arrested Wednesday, accused of entering the school in a ski mask while possessing a BB gun that looked like a real firearm, authorities said.

Police later described what the student found with an imitation Glock handgun and provided two images of it.

The incident happened around 2 p.m., according to a letter sent Wednesday night to parents by high school principal Christopher Chank.

The letter says a “person wearing a ski mask and gloves” was spotted walking through the halls of the school. When school administrators and members of the school security team attempted to confront the person, the person quickly walked away.

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The individual was eventually arrested, but provided false identification before exiting the building and running to the fields behind the high school, the letter said.

The school’s community engagement officers were called and eventually apprehended the individual, who was later identified as a suspended and unauthorized student on campus. The student was found carrying a bag containing a BB gun that looked like a real weapon, according to the letter.

The student has been charged with criminal trespass and unlawful possession of a weapon on school property,” according to the letter. The student also faces additional consequences from the district for violating the code of conduct.

“Safety is always a top priority at our school,” the letter read. “We are grateful to the Schenectady Police Department and CEOs for their continued partnership in keeping our school safe.”

The incident comes just days after the city council’s public safety committee cleared the way for the expansion of the community engagement officer program after weeks of intense debate and criticism around the program at council meetings. school in the past two months.

According to the proposal, the program would expand over the next three years to include six police officers, including two at the school and three who would split time between middle and elementary schools in the district. A supervising sergeant would oversee the program.

The cost of the $600,000 program would be split equally between the police department and the school district.

Police Chief Eric Clifford reached out to Superintendent Anibal Soler Jr. to start the program last year following an increase in calls police made in the district.

The couple also touted the program as a way to build relationships between the community and the police department, a goal that aligns with the city’s police reform plan passed last year.

But critics of the program argued the police had no place in schools and the district would be better off spending using the $300,000 it would pay the city for the program to fund health services. mental.

The Board of Education narrowly approved the program by a 4-3 vote. The full city council will vote to approve the program on Monday.

Contact journalist Chad Arnold at: 518-410-5117 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGArnold.

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